The following short films contain information about the social history of commons. 

West Wycombe Hill - Past, Present and Future

Children from West Wycombe Combined School made this film which was shot on location with the help of local professional film makers Turtle Canyon Media and Alistair Will of Outdoor Culture.  The 8 year olds dressed up in costume to re-enact dramatic events from the past.  They also interviewed local experts and put forward their suggestions for potential future uses of the common.

"Making this documentary has been really special and great fun" said class teacher Sally Farrell.  "I'm sure it's something Class 4 will never forget.  Our Oscar's ceremony is the culmination of a lot of hard work and a great way to end the school year."

The film was funded by the Chilterns Commons Project.  


The Hill - a film about the past, present and future of West Wycombe Common from Turtle Canyon Media on Vimeo.

Bricks, Bodgers and Broomsticks - a celebration of common life

This short film about the history of commons was made by volunteers from Reading Film and Video Makers club using footage filmed during our family history day in 2013.

Follow this link to see a gallery of photos from the day. 

Mapping WWI troop training trenches on Berkhamsted Common

Follow this link to see a short film about our project which mapped training trenches dug by troops from the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps during WWI.

Berkhamsted Common

Follow this link to a short film, made by CCRI (the Countryside & Community Research Institute, part of the University of Gloucestershire), about Augustus Smith's fight to save Berkhamsted Common from enclosure in 1866.

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